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How to add the World Cup 2014 schedule to Google Calendar

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 12:41 PM PDT

World Cup 2014 is only a week away, and if you're interested in keeping up and watching as many games as possible this year, one of the best ways will be to add the full schedule to your Google Calendar. For big events such as the World Cup, Google creates shareable calendars that are updated and maintained for you, letting you simply follow along and not worry about keeping up with the gritty details of every single match.

It just takes a trip to the Google Calendar website and few easy steps, and you'll be following along with all of the action from Brazil. Read along and see how it all comes together.

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An Android Wear Design Story

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 12:40 PM PDT

RadioShack offering the Samsung Galaxy S5 for just $79 on-contract the next two weeks

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 12:26 PM PDT

As the world enters the summer months, there's also usually a big slowdown in terms of new mobile hardware product launches. However, there are some deals to be found on current devices. One of them can be found at RadioShack which is currently running a promotion for the Samsung Galaxy S5 for the price of $79.

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Get $100 off no-contract Moto X ‘because it’s summer’

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 12:06 PM PDT

The Moto X is getting a bit long in the tooth, but by no means is it a bad device. Considering its age, it's actually holding up remarkably well. If you're in the market for a new phone, the Moto X is a great choice for those not looking to empty their wallets. Motorola is making that even easier with a new sale starting tomorrow, June 4, and extending through Thursday, June 5. The sale is to celebrate summer and takes $100 off the usual price of no-contract 32GB Moto X. Meaning that you could get a 32GB Moto X for just $299!

The phone is still great, and if you're perhaps considering a secondary phone, the Moto X is one of the best and most affordable options.

Are you planning to pick a Moto X up during the sale?

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Save $100 off a contract-free Moto X this week

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 11:41 AM PDT

Looking for a new phone? Then you might want to get the Moto X from Motorola this week. Head to Motorola's website and you'll see a deal they have set up to run from June 4 to June 5. Buy a Moto X on one of those two days and you'll save $100 off!

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Touch-friendly version of Office reportedly headed to Android before Windows 8

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 11:41 AM PDT

A new report from ZDNet, citing unnamed sources, claims that Microsoft plans to launch touch-first versions of its Office apps for Android devices before the company releases similar apps for the Modern UI used in Windows 8.

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Instagram v6.0 Hits Google Play, Brings More Advanced Editing Capabilities

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 11:39 AM PDT


I know the readers of AP (along with the staff) have very mixed feelings about Instagram. Over the last several months, I've personally started to use the photo-based network more and more, even if only for browsing images of guitars (seriously, there are some sexy axes on the ol' IG). I've grown to enjoy it quite a bit.


However, there's been a dramatic lack of any photo editing outside of the included filters that IG is already known for.

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[Deal] $100 off Motorola Moto X on June 4-5, 32GB only

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 11:34 AM PDT


It is summer and companies and carriers are creating all kinds of deals to get through the dog days. Graduations and Father's Day are the last major sales push before the holiday season. To take advantage of that last wave, Motorola is holding a sale of its own starting June 4 (tomorrow).

From June 4-5, the company is taking $100 off the 32GB Moto X. Normally, the 32GB of Motorola's flagship costs $449 through many carriers; therefore, this deal brings that price down to $349. The sale begins when the clock hits midnight and Motorola has had some trouble sustaining deals in the past, so get your credit card ready.

Source: Motorola

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Verizon adding Glamour Red and Amber Gold HTC One (M8) on June 5

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 11:34 AM PDT


On June 5, Verizon will have the original trio of HTC One (M8) colors. In addition to having the Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver, and now the Amber Gold colors, they will include Glamour Red. In fact, the Glamour Red color will be exclusive to Verizon. Now Big Red will have four colors of HTC's 2014 flagship smartphone.

As mentioned above, June 5 is the date that the new colors arrive. And this small launch coincides with Verizon's Father's Day promotion: $100 off any smartphone with a two-year contract price of $199.99 or more. If you were waiting around to purchase this device, it may be the best time to do so.

Source: Verizon

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Motorola announces Moto Stream, makes a speaker wireless for $50

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 11:18 AM PDT


With today's announcement of the Moto Stream, Motorola is offering a cheap option to have a wireless music streaming experience with a stereo or speakers. The Moto Stream is a little device that hooks up to a stereo and uses Bluetooth technology to play music from mobile devices. Since the Moto Stream can connect to five devices simultaneously, Motorola threw in Heist Mode. If you are not enjoying the current song, walk right up to the little Nexus Q-like device and tap it and NFC technology within your device will switch the song. Or, of course, you can just use Bluetooth to change songs.

The Moto Stream by Motorola is available today online and in stores at RadioShack on June 6. The price is just $49.99 to pick one up.

Hit the break for an official video.

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Source: The Official Motorola Blog [Moto Stream by Motorola]

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Verizon bringing amber gold and glamour red HTC One M8 June 5th

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 11:03 AM PDT

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Verizon has revealed two new color options for folks who don't like the current crop of styles for the HTC One M8. Their signature red will be sported proudly in the Glamor Red version, while those more into gold will be happy to know that they'll have their own Amber Gold option, as well.

Beyond fresh coats of paint these are the same HTC One M8 devices we reviewed back in April, so read up on it if you're looking to get one and want to know if it's worth its skin. If so, you can look forward to seeing these on Big Red's store shelves June 5th (Verizon's offering $100 off its $199.99 two-year contract price for a limited time to celebrate Father's Day).

[via Verizon]

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Instagram 6.0 puts on its big boy pants, introduces all new photo editing tools

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 11:03 AM PDT

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I've been a big proponent of Instagram ever since the service fist launched. A social network centered around using photos to share your daily life, it was a great way to get a peek into your friends and families lives visually. There's no question when Instagram first launched, its main draw was that it was easy for the casual smartphone user to make their photos look great using simple filters, or other light edits. But that's where the photo editing stopped.

New photo editing tools!

Instagram 6.0 photo editing

Today, Instagram is announcing their all new version 6.0, and it's as big of an update as they come. Typically, photo perfectionist would go into the photo editing app of their choice (Snapseed, VSCO Came, etc.) and make edits, save those edits, then upload that photo to Instagram. No anymore. With Instagram 6.0′s new photo editing tools, users can now make basic edits to their photographs, adjusting the warmth, brightness, contrast, or saturation of their images before they apply filters. What's more is the photo filters can now be adjusted on their own, giving users the ability to adjust the intensity for a more subdued filter.

There's still more work to be done

These new options are much welcomed for sure. But there's still more work to be done. Despite 1080p smartphones becoming the norm nowadays (and quad HD fast approaching), Instagram still only displays photos in a lower resolution. While this may sound perfect for iOS devices, the world has since moved on from sub-720p. I mean, this is a photo app after all. It's 2014. Would it kill Instagram to up the resolution even a little bit for full HD devices?

Instagram test Android vs iOS

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Also, you may have noticed that no matter how amazing your 15 gigapixel Android camera is, photos you've uploaded end up looking like they've been snapped with a potato. Turns out the Android version of the app compresses images to a hideous, pixel-ie mess, a problem we should note is not present in the iOS version. The result? Your friends and family gloating over how much better the photos they've taken with their iPhone 4 look compared to your Galaxy S5.

We're not sure entirely sure why the favoritism, but even with countless updates, Instagram has failed to do a damn thing about this issue for years now. Until they do something about this — and it's possible Instagram 6.0 could have fixed this issue — no amount of photo editing or filters will help your Android photos look like anything more than 16-bit.

We're anxiously awaiting Instagram 6.0 to hit the Google Play Store. You can update as soon as it goes live via the link below.

Download/update on Google Play: Instagram 6.0

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Moto Stream uses Bluetooth to get music from your mobile device to your speakers

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 10:49 AM PDT

Less than a month after announcing the Moto E, Motorola today introduced us to its latest gadget.

The Moto Stream is a new accessory that can pair with a smartphone, tablet or computer and wirelessly stream music to a speaker or stereo system. The Stream uses Bluetooth to stream tunes, so it works with Android, iOS, Windows Phone and more.

Along with its basic streaming mode, the Moto Stream offers "Heist Mode." This allows up to 5 users to pair with the Stream and, once connected, a person can "heist" the playback controls and begin playing their own music.

Motorola says that the Moto Stream is 57mm tall, 60mm wide and 69mm deep and that it weighs 100 grams. The unit also features 5 front light indicators. Additionally, the Stream can use NFC to pair with a device. Once connected over Bluetooth, the user can take their device up to 300 feet away.

The Moto Stream is available from Motorola's website starting today at a price of $49.99. RadioShack will begin selling the Stream on June 6.

This new Moto Stream reminds us of the Nexus Q, another media streamer that Google introduced back in 2012. The Nexus Q included both audio and video streaming, unlike the Moto Stream and its audio-only capabilities. However, the Nexus Q also cost $299.99, which ultimately led to the device basically getting the axe a month after its debut.

While there are many different ways to get music from your device to your speakers, including both wired and wireless methods, the Moto Stream looks like a fairly simple way to get tunes from your phone to your sound system. And hey, if you're someone that hosts a lot of parties, the Heist Mode could be a way to make the DJ role a bit more fun.

What do you think of the Moto Stream? Are any of you thinking of adding one to your home audio setup?

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Rogers and Vodafone strike up 4G roaming agreement

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 10:40 AM PDT

Canadian service provider Rogers has struck up an exclusive agreement with multinational giant Vodafone for 4G roaming. Whether or not that means LTE or HSPA+ is anybody's guess. The deal will also connect Rogers to equipment providers that regularly work with Vodafone to help build out the Canadian network.

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Any Sprint customer, even those with old phones, can enroll in insurance this month

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 10:40 AM PDT

Normally the offer is off the table the instant you walk out the door with your new phone, but for the month of June any customer on [Sprint[(/tag/sprint) will be able walk back in that door of no return and purchase insurance for their device. The offer doesn't change the price or service at all — it's still $11-a-month for the Ausurion-provided loss/theft/damage replacement, or $13/month for Total Equipment Protection Plus which adds in data protection as well. Prepaid customers on Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile can get coverage for $8 each month.

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Automatic for Android hits 1.0 - Adds Crash Alert and Do Not Disturb

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 10:13 AM PDT

The Automatic app for Android has only been available in Google Play for a few weeks, even so, has still been a beta release for the most part. Today, Automatic for Android officially hits version 1.0 and adds two new awesome features in the process — Crash Alert and Do Not Disturb.

Do Not Disturb is an Android exclusive and won't be found on the iOS version. The DnD feature allows you to silence your phone completely when driving, preventing it from distracting you while you're on the road. It even goes so far as to send a text message if anyone calls you, letting them know that you're driving. When you're stopped, you still have full access to the phone as well.

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Instagram adds bunch of new editing tools

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 10:13 AM PDT

Instagram 6.0 has hit the Google Play Store today, bringing with it some new photo editing features. The features include the ability to adjust brightness, contrast, saturation and warmth. In addition, you can now selectively add filters to your photos, controlling the intensity of the change. The new features can be found when adding a filter by selecting the new wrench icon.

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Instagram updated to version 6, introduces new photo editing functions

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 10:00 AM PDT


Instagram 6.0 has been officially announced, bringing dramatically improved photo editing functionality. While Instagram has always made it easy to apply filters to the photos you take, the new update allows you to adjust the filter strength, brightness and so much more.

Here's the full list of new tools, giving us a better look at what to expect from the update:

  • Filter Strength

  • Adjust (crop and straighten at the same time)

  • Brightness

  • Contrast

  • Warmth

  • Saturation

  • Highlights

  • Shadows

  • Vignette

  • Sharpen

Bottom-line, Instagram's goal is to make it so folks don't have to turn to other apps or services to edit their pics before uploading to Instagram. While these improvements certainly won't match more expensive apps and software, the new tools will likely be more than enough to satisfy casual Instagram fans. Even better, these tools are all free to use.

The new update has yet to arrive to Google Play just yet, but should reportedly be rolling out sometime later today. We'll update this post when it officially rolls out.

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Verizon makes changes to their Edge upgrade program

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 10:00 AM PDT

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Beginning June 1, Verizon is changing their upgrade program, Edge, so that the number of monthly payments for a device changes from 24 months to 20 months. Verizon is also changing the percentage of a device's costs that a customer will need to pay off before they can upgrade from 50% to 60%.

To nobody's surprise, this plan mirrors AT&T's Next plan, which uses a 20-month/60% ratio as well. AT&T and Verizon have a long history of mirroring each other. Two months ago, AT&T changed their Share Everything mobile data plans so that prices were reduced if you were buying data buckets of 10 GB or larger. Sooner thereafter, Verizon made changes by offering $25 off the cost of a smartphone line of service if a customer chooses a data bucket of 10 GB or more.

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Several months ago, Dante D'Orazio at The Verge put together an analysis looking at the lack of cost savings for the upgrade plans. The analysis showed that carriers upgrade programs are slowly beginning to look somewhat reasonable than they did originally.

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Google Shopping Express heads up the PCH to northern California

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 09:49 AM PDT

Google's attractive overnight delivery service, Google Shopping Express, is expanding into northern California. Berkeley, Concord, Danville, Dublin, Fremont, Oakland, Pleasanton, Richmond, and Walnut Creek are just some of the new areas included in the expansion. Over the next couple of months, Google is hoping to get the service right up to the Oregon border, and down to Fresno. Local stores like Blue Bottle Coffee, Costco, Google Play, Office Depot, Staples, Target, Walgreens, and Whole Foods are all included.

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Red HTC One M8 comes to Verizon, along with amber gold

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 09:49 AM PDT

Verizon is kicking off sales for the HTC One M8 in red and gold this week. Starting June 5, "Amber Gold" and "Glamour Red" join "Metal Gray" and "Glacial Silver" versions of the M8.

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Google+ Photos Gets Chromecast Support, Joined By WatchESPN And MLS Matchday

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 09:47 AM PDT

Google+Photos-Thumb The 2014 FIFA World Cup will start next week, making this just the right time for WatchESPN and MLS Matchday to roll out their new ability to stream matches straight to Chromecast. You still need a cable subscription to enjoy any of the content, but the feature prevents having to reach for the TV remote and navigate that troublesome guide for the correct channel. Just fire up that app and poke that touchscreen the way we Android fans just can't get enough of.

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WatchESPN, MLS, Crunhyroll and Google+ Photos come to Chromecast

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 09:40 AM PDT

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Chromecast users have a few new apps to sink their teeth into starting today. This update is more for sports fans than anyone else, though folks who like to share photos on the big screen and watch anime will find nice functionality, as well.

For sports, Google is getting us ready for World Cup season as we now have access to WatchESPN and Major League Soccer (that last one being important if you need to get psyched up ahead of time). It'll also be good for basketball fans tuning into the NBA Finals.

If you happen to want to share some of your Google+ photos with your family and friends on the big screen, you'll now be able to do that with a simple tap of the cast button inside the photos portion of the app. Finally, anime addicts are treated to Crunchyroll's catalog of shows (which consists of 25,000 videos and 12,000 hours of otaku goodness).

Links to all these apps can be found straight ahead, or just jump into the Google Play app on your phone and update them to get the new functionality. Happy casting!

[WatchESPN, MLS, Crunchyroll, Google+ via Google]

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Chromecast gets WatchESPN, MLS Live and Google+ photo/video support

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 09:28 AM PDT

Ever since Google released the Chromecast SDK, we've seen a massive increase in the number of apps that support Google's media dongle. While some of these apps are just from small developers adding support, Google has also partnered directly with several big name developers and companies to bring us more apps.

With that in mind, Google has now taken to its Chrome blog to formally introduce a few new apps. For sports fans, the big news here is that the WatchESPN app and Major League Soccer MatchDay app have both added support for Chromecast. Of course to use either app you'll need to subscribe to their services directly or (in the case of WatchESPN) you'll need your login credentials for your existing cable service.

For those that aren't into sports, popular anime show app Crunchyroll has introduced support for the Chromecast as well. Last but not least, Google+ will add a Chromecast icon that allows you to beam over videos and photos.

While the Chromecast might not be as impressive as the Fire TV or as app-heavy as the Roku, it does seem to be the gift that keeps on giving as its functionality continues to evolve with nearly every passing day. Sure, the Chromecast isn't perfect but it's low price-tag and developer-friendly nature still makes it one of the best choices for those looking to bring smart TV-like functionality into their living rooms.

What do you think of the latest added apps, what else do you think Chromecast needs to bring before you are "truly satisfied" with the experience? Conversely, are all your favorite apps and services already onboard with Google's streamer?

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Sony Xperia T3 officially announced

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 09:19 AM PDT


Sony has been unveiling a number of new Xperia models, and their latest was unveiled today – the Sony Xperia T3. This new device shares a number of internal features with the T2 Ultra, but on the outside is quite different.

The T3 has been hailed by Sony as the worlds thinnest 5.5-inch smartphone, coming in at just 7mm thin. For comparison, this is 1mm thinner than the new Samsung Galaxy S5. Unfortunately, the internal components aren't as impressive. The Xperia T3 features a quad core 1.4GHz Qualcomm processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage, though that is expandable. The screen is 1,280 x 720 pixels and the device ships with Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box.

Source: Sony

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